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Three Amazing Pre-Wedding Destinations in Japan!
16 Apr 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

With its subtropical beaches, soothing hot springs and an array of world-class food, it’s easy to be seduced by the extraordinary Japan. We have one more reason to add: amazing photo spots! If you're getting ready to get married and scouring for the perfect location for your prewedding photos, these six spots might just be what you're looking for. Check them out below!

Fushimi Inari Shrine & Azekura, Kyoto

Famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, you will have to see Fushimi Inari Shrine for yourself to believe it! Get your action on at the shrine buildings, particularly at Senbon Torii, the entrance to the torii gate-covered hiking trail. However, if you're looking for something more intimate, the magnificent Azekura is the place for you. Specifically designed for weddings, it houses a scenic garden featuring cherry blossoms, bamboos and maple leaves. Tempted yet?

by Keiko for SweetEscape in Kyoto

by Mitsuru for SweetEscape in Kyoto

Nara Park & Osaka Castle, Osaka

Head over to the famous Nara Park for a unique backdrop: deer. The park is home to 1,200 freely roaming deer - and worry not, they are tame, unless they think you will feed them! It also houses many of Nara's main attractions, including Nara National Museum. For a more traditional affair, you can go to the majestic Osaka Castle. Arguably the largest and best constructed castle in Japan, the castle also offers fantastic views of the city and is a popular tourist destination in spring for the beautiful cherry blossoms.

by Albert for SweetEscape in Osaka

by Keiko for SweetEscape in Osaka

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden & Arisugawa Park, Tokyo

Who said you can't have a little taste of England and France in Tokyo? Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden has English Landscape and French Formal gardens as well as a Japanese Traditional garden with teahouse. There's also a lovely Taiwan Pavilion! If you're in the mood for something quieter, Arisugawa Park is what you're looking for. With its hills, valleys, and ponds, this is an elegant Japanese garden with respect for natural beauty.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

by William K. for SweetEscape in Tokyo

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!